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Woodside celebrates May Day on May 4 with a parade of traditions


By Kate Daly

Special to The Almanac

It's time to get ready for May Day in Woodside, when the town turns out in force to celebrate with a full day of activities.

The centerpiece on Saturday, May 4, is the 97th annual May Day Parade, a pageant put on by Woodside School's Parent Teacher Association, featuring dozens of homemade floats, vintage vehicles, equestrians, musicians, and many costumed participants on foot, bicycles and scooters.

This year's theme is Myths & Legends, the same as the school foundation's Grand Auction fundraiser on May 18.

"Game of Thrones" fans and other fantasy buffs have until May 2 to register to be in the parade. Go to to fill out a form.

Betsy Hobson of Woodside will lead the parade as grand marshal. She has served on the school board and foundation, and the town's Planning Commission; her children went to Woodside School and her grandchildren attend now.

The traditional Kindergarten Royal Court will follow Hobson in an antique fire truck.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. in front of the school, at 3195 Woodside Road. The road will be closed along the stretch to Canada Road until about 11:15 a.m., when the action shifts to the school's outdoor amphitheater for the third-graders' May Pole and sword dance, and the announcement of the Citizen of the Year Award.

Afterwards, a carnival and barbecue will take place on school grounds until 2:30 p.m.

Another fast-approaching deadline is early registration for the first event of the day — the 28th annual May Day Fun Run & Walk. Before April 30 entry fees are $15 for adults, $10 for children 14 and under, and $40 for a family of four. The fees will be higher on the day of the race.

Early registration forms can be found at or at Town Hall.

The 2.25-mile course starts at the Woodside Library at 8:30 a.m. and loops around the neighborhood, ending near the Woodside Village Church where the Woodside/Portola Valley Rotary Cub is putting on its annual pancake breakfast.

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